Avoiding frequent tardiness issues
With today’s hectic schedules and numerous demands, many parents and caregivers find it difficult to overcome
the late habit. However, this habit can be broken and significantly reduced with a firm commitment to on time
arrival. The following information will give you and your family some concrete suggestions for helping to
break this habit.
- Do as much as possible the night before
Lay out clothes
Make lunch or get lunch money ready & packed
Gather all school supplies in one place and put by the door
- Organize your time
Identify what is making your family late & make some changes
Plan out how long it will take to get to school & add 10-15 minutes for the unexpected
- Turn off all electronic devices in the morning to avoid distractions!
- Share the load with your child
Give your child an alarm clock and have him/her be responsible for getting up
Have children shower or bathe the night before
Ask children to give parents/guardians a 10 minute warning before
it’s time to leave
Ask other family, friends, or neighbors for help
Make a game of getting ready
Remember: what you do today is what your children will learn to do for tomorrow. Helping them learn
responsible behavior will help them become productive, successful adults.